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Affiliated Film ProducersMarriage Today (1950)

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Post-World War II film for young couples advising them of means to strengthen their marriages. Directed by Alexander Hammid.

This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Producer: Affiliated Film Producers
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Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Social guidance; Marriage; World War II: Postwar issues

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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Average Rating: 3.33 out of 5 stars3.33 out of 5 stars3.33 out of 5 stars3.33 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: JayKay49 - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - December 5, 2011
Subject: My Predictions/Thoughts
Rocky road ahead for the couple where the lady gave up a career as a pathologist...shes bossy - especially by 1950 standards, and understandibly so....you have to realize shes an MD; and the guy is such a child - cant keep his mind on his work.

This movie has some very radical overtones for 1950. It spins the usual yarn about the "glue" that keeps marriages together but there really is no egalitarianism in but a few marriages - despite the overlying theme set here. Anyone who assumes there is might well find themself in a divorce court.

But the most telling thing here (despite its forward looking theme) is that time honored mantra that marriage is required for a "full life" and "dignity"...and boy was that true - then and at least for the next 50 years. Single people...especially men must always step to the rear of the crowd and stay on the fringe. There are no Kiwanis Club presidential nominees among them. And today...nobody with any sense would think of letting a single guy get anywhere near their spouse, let alone their kids.

This film could have spewed its content in half the time.

Reviewer: Marysz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 16, 2004
Subject: Look Before You Leap
A ponderously narrated film about marriage for moderns directed by Alexander Hammid. This film features two couples, Kathy and Frank Hartford and Phyllis and Chad Burns. Kathy has chosen to continue working as a teacher after marrying and having a child, while Phyllis has quit her job as a pathologist in order to have a child and be a woman. Both women are smarter than their husbands. Frank prefers to read the sports pages rather than do the highbrow activities that Kathy prefers. Phyllis met Chad in a math class. She got a better grade than him, and still helps him with his work, even though she doesnt get paid (or get any credit) for it. Chads not very bright. Phyllis hardly trusts him to make himself lunch when she has to go to the obstetrician. The narrator tells us that Chad wasnt looking for a miracle, he was looking for a wife.

Kathy and Frank seem to have the more stable marriage (even if they both seem a little bored). Kathy has a job and her own income, so even if the marriage ends she has a way of supporting herself. Phyllis and Chad are more problematic. Unlike Kathy, Phyllis over-romanticizes motherhood. Shes going to be in a for a big letdown when she finds herself stuck at home all day with a baby and a husband whose job she can do better than him. Like another Hammid film about marriage in the Archives, Whos Boss?, marriage is made to look like a chorea tedious series of negotiations and compromises. Staying single starts to look pretty good.

Reviewer: Spuzz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 29, 2003
Subject: Ladies! Give up your careers!
Though the message and intent of 'Marriage Today' is quite earnest, I'm sorry, but I don't buy most of what the film is saying. We follow several couples around, and listen to their thoughts of why they got married. Some people do it not because they're the most glamorous person, but because they like their personality (the "He makes me laugh" defense here) another woman is confident about giving up her career in Medicine to hang around the household all day. The women also seem to get the short end of the stick here, making sure to make the men happy and do whatever they want to do.
I sort of like this film, but there are many (nowadays) questionable behaviors demonstrated to make me wonder about it (too much apparently lol)


Shows how two young couples have built lasting marriages by a clear analysis of their mutual aims and cooperation in achieving them. One couple, university graduates, have many interests in common. The other couple, a business man and a teacher, center their mutual affection in their son. Designed to be used with a marriage text.

Marriage Couples Love Romance Postwar adjustments World War II (postwar adjustments) Playgrounds Kitchens Apartments Cooking Housing shortage (post-World War II) Poverty (urban) Cities (slums) Slums Clotheslines Soldiers Social Security (lines) Lines Waiting Weddings Kisses Brides Grooms Families Shopping Offices Workers (white-collar) Schools (elementary) Teachers Students Children (toddlers) Telephones (man on phone) Relaxation Grass (lying on) Nature Leisure Recreation Camping Canoeing Rowing Smoking Cigarette smoking Marriage (couple sleeps separately) Gardening Ironing Picnics Senior citizens Fire (wood burning)